Doctor of Nursing Practice / Clinical
University of Southern Mississippi

Program Details

The Doctor of Nursing Practice / Clinical degree prepares nurses for the highest professional level of nursing practice, allowing them to synthesize and apply knowledge to improve healthcare for diverse populations. This program focuses on translating research into practical clinical applications.

Graduates can pursue career paths as transformational nurse leaders or primary care providers in family, mental health, and surgical care settings. Coursework covers topics in leadership, ethics, healthcare laws, population health, and more. Online classes are supplemented with once per semester on-campus intensives and practicum experiences in the student’s local area.

Students in this online nurse practitioner degree program can expect to study subjects including:

  • Methods for evaluating evidence based practice
  • Information systems and technology
  • Policy and politics in healthcare
  • Quality and leadership in healthcare systems
  • Economics and finance in healthcare systems

% Online

Mostly Online

Program Accreditation & Licensing

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

School Accreditation & Licensing

University of Southern Mississippi is accredited by:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Master Degree

Recommended GPA

3.0 or above (4.0 scale)

Admission Tests


Application Requirements

Criminal Background Check, Occupational License, Official College Transcript(s), Recommendation/Reference Letter(s), Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose/Intent

Additional Info

  • Requires one campus visit per semester
  • Must have graduated from a master's program accredited by NLN or CCNE, includinga graduate statistics course with grade B or higher in the last five years
  • Provide evidence of unencumbered RN license eligible for practice in Mississippi, CPR certification, and vaccination records